A professor duo were very strict and gave me a 20% on a paper that was worth 40%. Let me explain before jumping to conclusions. Now, don't get me wrong, I accepted their 'strictness'. Even accepted the 20% result. Even on 40% it wouldn't be a pass anyway. The thing is, I suspect that they thought I would get 30 or 40% and I would go begging to raise it to 50% or something. They may have went like "forget it, be even more strict, give it the harshest mark possible so there is no chance to do anything about it" (probably). Now, the thing is, I still don't care if that's what they did since even on 40% I would accept my fate and I wouldn't expect for a pass after asking for it. But, it scares me about the next try. What if they are really that strict? Would I have a chance? By the way, I'm talking relatively confidently about those numbers. I went through the paper + its solutions carefully and I noticed I definitely deserved a 35 to 40% (still a fail, but not a 20%). What should I do? Should I ask them? I'm afraid it may be considered an attack to them and come back to bite me. In reality I don't care if it's a fail, I'll study hard, it's the strictness that get me. If a paper that deserves 35-40% gets a 20%, should I be afraid if the next try deserves a 60%?